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4 Deterritorialization of the Image: Dissonances in the Imagery of Arab Identity?

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In the early 2000s, two phenomena emerged at the same time: the sprouting in Lebanon of a video clip industry that spread throughout the Arab world and the recognition, in the field of contemporary art, of a new class of video artists from the region. A study of these two antithetical visual forms, which differ both aesthetically, and in their resources (technical, economic) and purpose, revealed the same paradoxical logic of a ‘deterritorialized’ image, in a place where the notion of territory is a recurring pattern of both political and symbolic lives. Through the convergence of image and sound, games of dissonance work to eliminate the congruence between identity and national territory, and open the Arab world to other resonances, in an act of resistance to traditional boundaries.


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